17 Apr '13

News Should students influence how much teachers get paid? - open thread

Tell us what you think of Gove's plans to assess pay according to outcomes and how your students rate you

Yesterday the Department for Education sounded the death knell for a pay scheme for teachers linked to the length of their service and introduced guidelines which will allow school governors and headteachers to not only look at the academic performance of students in a teacher's charge, but also measure the opinion of pupils and parents when awarding pay increases.

By this September every school will need to have revised its pay structure and appraisal process and the first performance-linked pay awards will come into force in September 2014. Teachers will not only be assessed according to their impact on student progress but also in terms of their contribution to the school, outside of class time.

There's not been a warm reaction to the news. On Twitter many teachers questioned how performance-related pay would be measured fairly.

@NicholasBatty tweeted: "Performance-related pay does not work in education. Teachers are not pulling leavers to make widgets - its far more complex."

@GraemeJHathaway said: "This appears to advocate more importance to being a friend to the students instead of being an educator."

@RJWil815 said: "Pupil opinion dictating teacher wage. Leaving teaching practice up to the whim of children. How daft."

Others asked if performance-related pay is being rolled out in education, then why not for MPs? @BinksNeateEvans tweeted: " A simple idea to help Mr Gove reflect - try his democratic idea of pay review on teachers; teachers review his performance."

@shinyfishED put it quite simply: "...worst idea ever?"

We want to know what you think to the plans and how you feel it will affect your future in school come September. How would you change the system to improve it? Share your comments below.

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